What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a health care profession that deals with the science of movement and function. Physiotherapists evaluate and correct movement impairments that are caused by injury, diseased states, health disorders, and/or lifestyle. Physiotherapists help restore optimal mobility and physical performance in their clients. Physiotherapy can help you if you are experiencing issues with movement, flexibility, strength, endurance and/or if are experiencing pain or difficulty performing your tasks, sports or hobbies due to physical restrictions. It can be particularly helpful if you have been injured, have sprains, strains, broken bones or are involved in repetitive tasks that put strain on your tissues.

Physiotherapists use a variety of skills and modalities to help you reach your goals. These include but are not limited to:

  • Soft tissue release
  • Joint mobilizations
  • Prescriptive exercises
  • Education
  • Acupuncture
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Bracing and supports

If you are not sure if physiotherapy is right for you, feel free to contact us by phone or email and we can help you make an informed decision.

Do I need a doctor’s referral?

You do not require a doctor’s referral to see any of the physiotherapists, registered massage therapists or Occupational Therapists, as they are all primary health care professionals. However, some insurance companies require that you submit a Doctor’s referral with your claim form. We recommend that you call your insurance provider to determine what they require in order to reimburse your payment.

 

What should I expect on my first visit?

On your first visit, we will need you to fill out some paperwork which will take about 10 minutes to complete.

Your therapist will complete the initial assessment. Your therapist will discuss the following:

  • Your medical history
  • Your current problem/concerns
  • Pain quality, what aggravates and relieves your pain
  • Goals for treatment

Once your therapist has asked all the questions related to your condition, they will complete a physical evaluation including:

  • Observing and touching the area
  • Looking at the mobility of the joint
  • Testing the strength of the muscles
  • Neurological screening to see how the nerves are functioning
  • Other special tests relating to your condition

The therapist will formulate a treatment plan based on their assessment findings and will discuss what follow up will be necessary, what your treatment program will consist of and what is expected after discharge from treatment.

How long will each session last?

The time frame for your initial assessment and follow up visits will depend on the nature of your condition, the type of service you are receiving and what is recommended in your treatment plan. Typically sessions are anywhere between 45 minutes to 1 hour. Your Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist or Massage Therapist will tell you how long your sessions should be.

What other Resources could I use?

There are lots of other resources that we can give you information about as our clients but some important ones are as follows.

List of important and helpful websites:

Programs offered by the Government for Seniors

CCAC Website

Care Guide for Seniors